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Media Studies complements a variety of subjects and potential progression routes. As well as gaining an informed understanding of Media texts and their contexts, students will also develop practical skills using the Mac suite.

You will study and be assessed on the following three components, over a two-year period:

Component 1: Media Products, Industries And Audiences

(30% of qualification)

  • Written examination: 2 hours, 15 mins
  • The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections: Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation, Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

Component 2: Media Forms & Products

(40% of qualification)

  • Written examination: 2 hours, 30 mins
  • The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections: Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation, Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

Component 3: Production Coursework

(30% of qualification)

  • Students will create two media products from the following media forms: Television, magazine, film marketing, music marketing and online options. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of how texts are constructed for specific meaning and audiences.

Growing up in an era where media has overwhelmed society and is constantly shaping attitudes and behaviours, I could not have chosen a more relevant subject to study. I cannot wait to continue my studies of media through to university.

Matilda Pitt, ex Cardinal Newman School

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements
How The Course is Assessed
70% exam and 30% coursework
Career Pathways
Students progress to a variety of degree courses and a range of HE institutions for both single and joint honours . This course will also give you a show reel, created using industry standard software (Adobe Premiere Pro/Photoshop) for when applying for Media Production courses/ work experience/apprenticeships.
Transferable Skills
Communication, interpretation, teamwork, project management, technical skills.
Other Information
An annual highlight is the Cosmat Conference, organised by Varndean staff for A Level students from all over Sussex, which invites leading filmmakers such as Ben Wheatley (Sightseers/ Free Fire/High Rise) to show and discuss their work. There are guest speakers leading sessions on scriptwriting eg Jenny Lecoat (Another Mother’s Son). Cinema visits included a special screening of I, Daniel Blake with a director’s Q&A. Further plans include guest speakers from Radio and TV.
Enquiries To
Lisa Wardle: lww@varndean.ac.uk